pro·​hib·​i·​tive | \ prō-ˈhi-bə-tiv How to pronounce prohibitive (audio) , prə- \

Definition of prohibitive

1 : tending to prohibit or restrain
2 : tending to preclude use or purchase prohibitive costs
3 : almost certain to perform as predicted a prohibitive favorite

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Other Words from prohibitive

prohibitively adverb
prohibitiveness noun

Examples of prohibitive in a Sentence

the prohibitive cost of rent
Recent Examples on the Web For many of the city’s poorer residents, even the cheapest disposable pollution mask, which costs around $1.25, may be prohibitive. Washington Post, "Delhi is engulfed by toxic pollution. Why isn’t anyone wearing masks?," 14 Nov. 2019 Because the cost of shipping construction materials more than 30 million miles is prohibitive, the design makes use of volcanic basalt rock, which exists on Mars, below a layer of dust. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "A 3D Print-Out You Could Call Home," 8 Nov. 2019 The quantity is not enough to irrigate much, and the cost would be prohibitive. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Lessons seen in ill-fated water-rail plan," 9 Nov. 2019 Limited savings can also delay the pace of household formation, as the costs of starting a family can be prohibitive without sufficient savings. Brian Chappatta | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Could Canceling Student Loans Be a Tax Cut 2.0?," 5 Nov. 2019 Without the affordability components of the bill under consideration, the cost of over-the-counter birth control may be prohibitive. Sarah Lynch, The Conversation, "How birth control pill prescriptions by a pharmacist could broaden access and keep costs down," 7 Oct. 2019 Connecting schedules between the Northeastern Connecticut Transit District and the Windham Region Transit District are infrequent and the costs to ride on WRTD buses can be prohibitive, said Flexer. Denise Coffey,, "Emergency Housing Sought For Severe Weather Events," 7 Oct. 2019 That’s because utilizing a public blockchain, as bitcoin does, would be prohibitive. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What China could gain from a digital yuan," 19 Sep. 2019 Talking about half-measures wins votes, not prohibitive and serious action. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "The Amazon is burning. The climate is changing. And we're doing nothing to stop it," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of prohibitive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Dec 2019

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“Prohibitive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of prohibitive

: so high that people are prevented from using or buying something
US : almost certain to perform, win, etc., in the expected way
formal : stopping people from using or doing something

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